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The Rock Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    [Cage] cracks wise throughout the third act and is almost entertaining enough to make this absurdly energetic movie recommendable.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

An explosive, violent, mile-a-minute actioner.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are explosions, violent shoot-outs, fistfight scenes, and gruesome scenes of chemical burns. Language should also be noted as many characters curse throughout the film. There is one sex scene. The "R" rating is appropriate; the movie is way too intense and violent for kids.

  • Families can talk about the topic of terrorism, as it aptly applies to the US's current situation.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Film depicts terrorists who shoot and threaten civilians with weapons.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Bloody shoot-out scenes; one guy gets impaled; some characters' skin gruesomely burns off due to a chemical reaction.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Contains one non-nude sex scene.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue